Black Voters Matter Fund (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship)

Black Voters Matter Fund

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship​. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample

LOCATION: Atlanta, GA

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: ET

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

ABOUT US: Our goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” We operate with the following 5 core beliefs:

  • The key to effective civic engagement is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure.
  • Black voters matter not only on election day, but on the 364 days between election days as well. We support individuals and organizations that are striving to obtain social justice throughout the year.
  • Black voters matter *everywhere*, including rural counties and smaller cities/towns that are often ignored by candidates, elected officials, political parties and the media.
  • In order for Black voters to matter, we must utilize authentic messaging which speaks to our issues, connects with our hopes and affirms our humanity.
  • The leadership, talent and commitment demonstrated by Black women in particular must receive recognition and, more importantly, *investment* in order to flourish and multiply.

BVM is an equal opportunity employer. BVM prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS

Georgia Voter Registration

  • Assist the BVM Georgia State Coordinator with voter registration drives
  • Coordinate with community-based partner organizations in 10 counties
  • Provide data-entry support for new registrations

Evaluation

  • Will assist with collecting and summarizing data related to BVM’s impact.
  • Successful intern will have knowledge of statistics, survey design and/or polling techniques
  • Experience with analyzing voter turnout data preferred
  • Will work with the BVM Political Director

Communications

  • Will assist the BVM Communications Director and Communications Manager with messaging related to BVM’s activities as well as amplifying the work of community-based partners in 10 states.
  • Assist with the development and distribution of press releases
  • Help monitor social media of national, state and local partners
  • Help create and disseminate flyers, one-pagers, reports and other materials
  • Help implement training activities for community-based partners (webinars, etc.)

Relational Organizing Tools

  • Help to facilitate usage of various technology tools and online portals related to relational organizing (i.e. MyRVP, Motivote, Ballot Ready, etc)
  • Assist with training community-based partners
  • Review data related to usage of various tools

 

Work Environment: A hybrid of remote and onsite work that fosters engagement with partners to promote voting rights legislation

Equipment or Software: A personal laptop 


2021 Intern Reflection

This summer, I have been working as a policy intern at the Black Voters Matter Fund. One of my primary focuses has been tracking anti-democracy bills that have been moving in state legislatures, particularly voter suppression and anti-protest bills. My other focus has been following the redistricting process taking place at the district, county, and city level in BVM’s 11 states. This has required me to do extensive research, sit in on state legislative hearings, and meet with local partners. Although most of the work was done remotely, I was able to attend part of our Freedom Ride for Voting Rights bus tour in person, which was a great opportunity to finally meet the staff in person and see the culmination of all of our hard work in Washington, D.C.. I have had a great experience in this internship and look forward to making public service my life’s work.

- Hoda Abdallah

My responsibilities largely researching and compiling information for BVMF and our partners. We have meetings quite frequently, and in each one, there is a strong sense of camaraderie and it felt like entering a family. Some research projects I have received thus far include creating a list of all HBCU's in the state of Georgia, logistical work for people traveling along the Freedom Rides Bus Tour, and researching the positions of various school boards regarding critical race theory. I have loved working with this organization, and I definitely recommend applying because it gives you a first hand experience in 501c4 organization work. I want to continue to engage with the Black community, and working alongside activists who have been advocating for this community from the local to federal level for years has been very inspiring. My experience in Data Science via Harvard courses has been beneficial, though it is not a necessity. The extracurricular organizations in which I participate have also prepared me well, as I am relatively well versed in the language used when discussing racial equity. Before I started the internship, I wish I realized how many new technical terms and processes that I would have to catch on to on my own. It's a learning curve, but with time, it is all much more manageable! The day-to-day is quite casual, and I largely determine my own hours outside of meeting times. It requires responsibility on my part, as I must be my own supervisor and maintain quality and speed in order to be as useful of a resource as possible. I strongly encourage anyone interested in political engagement, racial equity advocacy, and voting rights to apply for this position.

- Hiren Lemma

2020 Intern Reflection

I have been working on two different assignments. My first one includes looking into police reforms in the different states the Fund works with and gather information from coordinators as well. The other assignment is to gather information on a spread sheet about Vote by mail specifically for the presidential election. I am looking into trends across the nation and specific qualifications for vote by mail in the different states the Fund works with. Office life does feel a little different because I am not physically with them, but it's also very nice to Zoom and video chat with the team.

-Lynn Yeboah '23

Atlanta, GA